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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:13:11 +0000

Dear customer
We can help you with a loan ranging from $2,000.00 to $ 5,000,000.00 at 3.15% interest per year. We are a private company
which people in need of money help without BKR scrutiny.( You can borrow any amount from us. No
further questions, but clear agreements and clarity for you and us. Together we determine the term of the loan and the
monthly installment to pay.
Please contact us soon and we will contact you for your wishes.
Fast clarity and a good one for you.
Wait no longer, but grab this solution with both hands.
Contact us for a free quote.

Mr. Tom Gardner
throgh E-mail or Call or SMS Telephone: +1 3653000445

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